Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory

Book - 2009
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Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary, Neil Armstrong, and Lewis and Clark are among such individuals.

But what if one man had such a dream, and once he'd fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his ambition?

Jeffrey Archer's latest book, Paths of Glory , is the story of such a man---George Mallory. Mallory once told an American reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, "because it's there." On his third attempt in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen six hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999, and it still remains a mystery whether he ever reached the summit.

But only after you've turned the last page of this extraordinary novel, inspired by a true story, will you be able to decide if George Mallory's name should be added to the list of legends, in which case another name would have to be removed. Paths of Glory is truly a triumph.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312539511
Branch Call Number: F ARC
Characteristics: 372 p. ; 24 cm

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dustbunny123
Aug 16, 2013

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henrydeb Apr 02, 2013

Finished April 2/2013 Interesting story, WWI interrupted the goal, big surprise in the last paragraph of the last page. How special.

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gvlee
Feb 11, 2012

Jeffrey Archer makes this a fascinating tale to read. Frustrating not to know whether George Mallory ever reached the summit or not. I'm not a climber and I'd recommend this book for anyone, but I'd think that it'd hold even more interest for climbers.

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zipread
Jan 05, 2011

What an interesting story and novel novel. It sets out in the late eighteen hundreds in gentele England. The object of our attention is a young lad by the name of George Mallorry. Father's a minister, mother raises the family and aspires to the upper classes; there are two younger sisters and one younger brother of such great importance to the development of our story as to not even be mentioned. In the very first page our youthful protagonist tests fate by wading to a boulder. seemingly oblivious to the danger posed by the incoming tide.
Within the first 60 pages we meet with such words as Sherry (the drink), Queen Victoria; trousers; heather, Ben Nevis; and hanson cab. Does that set the tone for you?
Equally interesting and telling is that by the time we reach page sixty no one has died. Not by< shooting or knifing; not by garroting or defenestration; not by poisoning or dismembertment; not by electrocution or anything else. No car crashes or anything like that either.
And yet, inspite of all of this the book insists on being read.

Now if I had read tzhe cover notes at all, I'd have known that this was a climbing novel. Set mostly after WW I, the novel is a gripping novel about a (fictitous) ascent of Mount Everest. Not just the climb but also all the back-room manouvering about who is going to lead which climb; who will be the lead climber in the first ascent; who will be left behind at camp IV. The politics of raising money; of liasing with the climb sponsors; the chance of avalanche or a deadly fall; the soft snow and the ice; the solid rock that isn't; the challenge exhaustion of high altitude climbing that saps a body' energy. The loved ones that are left behind... out of touch. The number toes and fingers; the frostbite; the snow or wind that come up out of nowhere to challenge the climber.And of course, the constsnt danger of death.
If you read this, you might want to have an extra log ready for the fire.

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pmcash
Dec 23, 2010

Yet another good Archer book. I enjoy his "fictional" non-fiction work.

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boredwithoutbooks
Sep 02, 2010

What an interesting storyline, it's too bad that we may never know the truth! Loved this book! Another hit from Jeffrey Archer.

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21221012271000
May 28, 2010

Written excellent by Archer.
Story is about Mallory who tried to climb Everest twice. Second time he lost his life. No one knows if he and his climbing partner made it to the top.
This book is about Mallory's life and some historical anecdotes.

Kellyba Jan 09, 2010

One of my favourite authors has written another book worth the read. I couldn't put it down. I wish he could write more often. My all time favourite book is also by J Archer - As the Crow Flys. Enjoy!

Dani_106 Oct 19, 2009

Excellent. One of Archer's best!

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rebel1
Sep 14, 2009

A very well paced and interesting read, especially being based on a true story. Makes you wonder who was the first person to the top of Everest.

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